Cat shot in the neck in Newtownards
Police are investigating after a pet cat that was reported missing from Newtownards was found shot in the neck.
A member of the public reported that their pet cat went missing from their property on Tuesday September 9.
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The cat was found in a neighbour's garden on September 16 with an injury to its neck.
It was taken to a local vets for treatment for its injuries where it was discovered it had been shot in the neck.
Police believe this incident may have occurred within Scrabo Country Park.
Police are treating this as a case of animal cruelty and are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them at Newtownards Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively information about crime can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Andrea Meeke who runs a Lost and Found Pets page for the north Down, Comber, Ards and Dundonald area, said they would be contacted with a report of a cat being shot or injured, every couple of months.
She told the Belfast Telegraph: "It seems to be just the Ards area with us and it seems to be every couple of months there is a cat being shot.
"We've had cats go missing and come back the same day injured or be found injured on the same day.
"There was one about six or seven weeks ago which one of the local vets dealt with, it had about 40 or 50 pellets in it.
"It was very lucky to survive."